The upcoming Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a 641hp RWD monster, here’s all you need to know

Details on the new rear wheel drive GT2 RS are out. And it might be sending "at least" 641 unwieldy German horses to the rear wheels

By: | Updated: June 7, 2017 10:12 AM

If you’ve ever found yourself in the cockpit of the last 911 GT2 RS and felt that 611 bhp and 749 Nm of twist just wasn’t going to cut it. Porsche have been listening. Evo UK -- who’ve spent a bit of time in the passenger’s seat of the new GT2 RS--  have confirmed that it will have at the very least 641 hp. Although Porsche insists that the final number, once it hits the showroom, will be much higher.

Porsche say that the 641 figure might be a conservative look at the GT2s stats, however, that’s the baseline that they are using moving forward in production. Now, even, traditionally the GT2 RS is made for the slightly unhinged members of the Porsche family with the highest power output linked to a rear wheel drive, with the twitchy demeanour to boot.

The existing GT2 RS which is almost a decade old -- let that sink in -- had 611 hp powering the rear wheel, and could easily crack the 0-100 kmph in 3.5 seconds. Not to mention come around the Nurburgring in 7 mins and 18 seconds. Remember it had “just” 611 hp.

That’s old hat though, crazy -- just like everything else -- just has to get crazier. The new Porsche GT2 RS will definitely crack the tonne in under three seconds. It will also hit the 200 kmph mark in under 9 seconds. That’s a full second quicker than the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

As is with the GT2s of the past, the new car will also focus on being light. The sub-1500kg  GT2 RS will source it mechanical bits from one of the Turbo models or even more excitingly the GT3 RS. Again Porsche wants it to be clear that, be that as it may, the mechanicals will just be ground zero. The GT2 will not just be a Turbo on roids, think more on the lines of Bane from Batman. Including a whole host of GT2-RS equipment that will improve either performance, reliability or strength (if not all three)

The new GT2 will get a pair of larger turbos running higher boost factors, to start with, the engines will be entirely reworked and then paired to a lightweight titanium exhaust. The suspension will be sourced from Porsche’s 911 Cup racing car, with upside down track-attack style damper paired to rose joints.

There’s a pair of larger turbos running at higher boost pressures, for starters, revised engine internals and a lightweight titanium exhaust system, which we’d bet our left arms will sound brilliant. The suspension is apparently transplanted from a 911 Cup racing car, with upside-down race dampers and rose joints. The front spring rates are said to be double those of the GT3, so focused seems to be the polite way to put it.

Porsche insist that the new GT2 RS will be less Heath Ledger and more Jared Leto if you know what I mean. Either way, it sounds like it will be a tyre smoking maniac and that’s great cause that’s exactly how it should be.

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